CHAMPAIGN — The American Cancer Society needs more people to enroll in a historic national research study, and there will be opportunities to sign up next month at local medical facilities.
The organization is looking for 300,000 people across the country, of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Participants are being sought who are ages 30-65 and who have never had cancer.
The study, called Cancer Prevention Study-3, or just CPS-3 for short, is intended to give scientists insight into cancer causes and prevention. Data will be used to build on findings from previous cancer prevention studies, which started in the 1950s.
Signing up involves an initial visit to read and sign a consent form. A blood sample and waist measurement will also be taken, and participants will be asked to fill out a more detailed survey at home, according to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, one of the sign-up sites.
Involvement is a long-term commitment.
Research participants will be followed for 20 years, according to the cancer society. Participants will be contacted every two years with mailed questionnaires that will take about 45 minutes to answer.
Sign-up times and locations are:
— Carle, 1818 E. Windsor Road, U, 2-5:30 p.m. July 9.
— Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville, 3-6:30 p.m. July 10.
— Christie Clinic, 1801 W. Windsor Road, C, education room, 4-7:30 p.m. July 10.
— Coles County Council on Aging-LifeSpan Center, Conference Room, 11021 E. County Road 800 N, Charleston, 4-7:30 p.m. July 12.
Walk-ins are accepted, but participants can also schedule appointment times ahead, according to the cancer society.
For information, see: cps3illinois.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.